Elected to the Wisconsin State Senate in 2004, Senator Miller represents the state’s 16th Senate District. Prior to being elected to the State Senate, he served in the Wisconsin State Assembly from 1998 – 2002. In 2015, he became the first Senate Democratic Co-Chair of the newly formed Wisconsin Legislative Sportsmen’s Caucus to help promote pro-sportsmen’s issues in the state legislature.
Before his time in office, Senator Miller spent almost 30 years serving as a fighter pilot for the Wisconsin Air National Guard, retiring in 1995 as a Lieutenant Colonel. To this day, Senator Miller remains profoundly committed to public service.
In 2015, Senator Miller introduced SB 79, a bill that authorizes reimbursements to counties for the costs incurred in processing and donating wild turkey meat. SB 79’s Assembly companion, A 107, was signed into law on July 1, 2015. Prior to passage of this legislation, Wisconsin’s game meat donation program only reimbursed counties for the costs incurred in processing deer meat that is donated to local charities. SB 79 expanded the venison donation program to include wild turkey. This common sense approach reaffirms the historical role of hunters as providers of sustainably-sourced food and allows surplus game meat to be distributed to the tables of low income families.
“Wisconsin is home to thousands of beautiful lakes, rivers and streams as well as large expanses of forest land and incredible urban retreats. It is essential that everyone have an opportunity to experience our natural world close to home. I am deeply committed to protecting and preserving Wisconsin’s outdoor heritage for future generations," said Senator Miller.
Wisconsin boasts more than 1.5 million hunters and anglers statewide. Senator Miller continues to serve as a voice for Wisconsin’s sportsmen and women whom annually contribute over $4.03 billion to the state economy and support nearly 56,000 jobs.
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Recently, Virginia has proposed legislation that would make the punishment for poaching, in their state, a 1-5 year prison sentence through HB-449. Poaching undermines the social acceptance of hunters, jobs, recreation, local and state economies, and conservation efforts. How should poachers be punished?Vote Here
- By sentencing them to jail time. (32.35%)
- By giving them a cash fine. (17.65%)
- By banning their hunting and fishing privileges and their ability to buy the necessary licenses. (11.76%)
- By putting them on a probation period. (0.00%)
- There should be some discretion in the penalties depending on the motivations for the poaching incident. (38.24%)